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The Oscar Maestro: Alexandre Desplat

4 & 5 JAN 2019
Fri & Sat 8pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

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Alexandre Desplat


Alexandre Desplat has composed scores for movies as different as Jacques Audiard’s A prophet, Peter Webber’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Stephen Frears’ The Queen, Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, Morten Tyldum’s Imitation Game, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and George Clooney’s Ides of March. His musical eclecticism, inherited from his cultural mix of a Greek mother and a French father, allows him to mix world music or jazz instrumentation in his scores for Argo or The Grand Budapest Hotel or in his chamber music score for Jacques Audiard’s A Self-Made Hero.

During the recording of his first feature film, Alexandre Desplat met the violinist Dominique “Solrey” Lemonnier, starting an exceptional artistic exchange. She became his favourite soloist, artistic director and wife. She has influenced his composition profoundly, creating a new way of using strings in film music.

Two times Academy Award winner for his soundtrack to Guillermo del Toro’s Shape of Water and to Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, nine times Academy Awards nominee, Alexandre Desplat has already won two Golden Globes, two Grammy Awards, three Baftas, three Cesars and numerous other distinctions. He has become one of the most brilliant movie composers of his generation.
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